Case cancellation or KP-extraction?

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The purpose of this paper is to show how it is possible to derive the advantages of the subject choice view of passivization (Holmer 1996a, 1996b) without necessarily resorting to the somewhat unconventional (and, in traditional terms, illicit) concept of Case Cancellation. Instead, I adopt two proposals made by Bittner & Hale 1996 with respect to Case-marking and the structure of Case-marked nominals, which together neatly capture the intuitive difference between nominative and non-nominative Case, and show that the Case Cancellation I have proposed in earlier work is, in fact, only apparent. Moreover, it is exactly this structural difference between nominative and other cases which makes the subject choice account of passivization functionally straightforward, structurally motivated and, last, but by no means least, compatible with the traditional view that chains may not be doubly Casemarked. At this stage an important point should be made: this analysis is not made in the spirit of Bittner & Hale 1996, it does not follow the general direction
they suggest, and it makes no reference to many of the concepts they incorporate
in their model. I am following the general line in Holmer 1996a, 1996b.
However, some of the suggestions I make here are directly influenced by concepts
presented in Bittner & Hale.


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  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Publication categoryResearch

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NameWorking Papers, Lund University, Dept. of Linguistics

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)

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